EC opens public consultation on research partnership in the Mediterranean
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on PRIMA, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. This new research and innovation initiative aims at sustainable food production and improved water management in the Mediterranean area and should involve both EU and non-EU Mediterranean states. Its objective is to reinforce international cooperation in research and innovation to address the food and water-related challenges that are critical to the region's sustainable development.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Research cooperation in the Mediterranean region exemplifies the EU commitment to being open to the world, and to our immediate neighbourhood in particular. We are consulting and gathering views on how to work together on global challenges and ensure the sustainable provision of vital resources – water and food – in the Mediterranean basin."
The consultation will be open until 24 April 2016. The EC invites researchers, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to contribute their views on the scope, potential impact and make-up of the PRIMA initiative. The current proposal aims to establish PRIMA as a public-public partnership under Horizon 2020. According to the Commission, the outcome of the consultation will feed into an impact assessment of the PRIMA initiative, which is currently being developed.
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